AUC chair election suspended after none of the 3 candidates attained 2/3 majority

All candidates vying for the position of the African Union Commission eliminated and the elections suspended.

The three candidates Uganda’s former Vice President Specioza Kazibwe, Botswana’s Pelomi Venson-Moitoi and Equatorial Guinea candidate Agapito Mba Mokuy, scored 11, 16 and 12 votes.None of the three candidates has got 2/3 of 53

West African economic bloc, ECOWAS raised objections about the quality of candidates lined up

Meanwile Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma’s term as chairperson of the continental body was extended  by six months to give potential candidates for the position time to canvass for votes after she opted to step down.

“‘Black smoke billows’ from the 27th AU Summit as no winner emerges,” Jacob Enoh Eben, Dlamini-Zuma’s spokesman, said on his Twitter account, referring to the gathering of African leaders taking place in Rwanda’s capital, Kigali. Elections have been postponed until the next summit in January, he said.

Pelonomi Venson-Moitoi, Botswana’s foreign minister, got the most votes in polls at the summit but didn’t reach the requisite two-thirds majority, a Botswana government official said.

Former South African Home Affairs Minister Dlamini-Zuma didn’t seek re-election after one term in office at the AU’s headquarters in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa.

The commission is tasked with diffusing the crisis in South Sudan as Africa’s youngest nation teeters on the brink of a return to full-scale civil war, with a tenuous peace deal failing to hold. Fierce clashes between soldiers loyal to President Salva Kiir and those of Vice President Riek Machar in Juba, the capital, left 272 people dead last weekend.

African leaders agreed to a proposal by the Intergovernmental Authority on Development, an East African bloc that’s pressing for implementation of the peace agreement, to revise the United Nation mission’s mandate in South Sudan, to one in which it can intervene and impose peace.

That would mean boosting the number of troops from regional countries such as Uganda, Rwanda, Kenya and Ethiopia, to chaperon the South Sudanese government into implementing the peace deal, a key aim of which is integrating the country’s two armies.

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